Our English as a Second Language (ESL) and Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes will support you with the skills you need to reach your potential and thrive in the classroom, in the workplace and in the community.

English as a Second Language

In our free English as a Second Language (ESL), we help our students build the skills they need to thrive in the classroom, workplace, and community. 

In our ESL classes, students learn in a supportive classroom environment where they can gain confidence in speaking, reading, and writing in English. 

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West Town - Erie St

West Town - Superior St


Ariana Zambrano

(312) 432-2212

Adult Basic Education

Adult Basic Education classes build on the foundation laid in our ESL program. Available for free and offered fall, winter and spring, classes focus on reading, writing and math skills to prepare you for a GED program and continued education.


Morning/evening classes available
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Little Village


Jose Mosqueda
ABE Instructor
(872) 216-7672

Citizenship Classes

Our free 12-week citizenship course can prepare you for the naturalization exam and interview. Come learn alongside others on the path toward citizenship and gain the knowledge in US history and civics as well as reading and writing skills you need to succeed.

Classes are currently offered in both English and Spanish on a quarterly basis.


West Town – House
Little Village


Anabel Mosqueda
Citizenship Class Coordinator
(312) 432-8793


Build connections in the community and help others develop language and literacy skills by participating in a conversation group with students in our ESL or ABE classes.

If you are looking for 1-on-1 or small group tutoring/teaching volunteer opportunities, please check out our Community Literacy program.

Group Opportunity

Sign your team up to participate in a conversation group with our students, using interactive questions and prompts to build connections and develop language skills in the process.

Ideal Commitment: 2–3 hours


94% of ESL students

achieved their

classroom learning goals

ESL students

spent an average of 

130 hours in the classroom

85% of ABE students

improved their

TABE reading score

Meet Our Participants: Maria de la Luz Gutierrez




Oct 2 2020

Erie House English Student Receives Illinois Spotlight on Achievement Award

Erie House English as a Second Language (ESL) program graduate Beatriz Navarro has been selected as a winner ...

May 12 2020

Education Continues at Erie House as ESL and Community Literacy Hold Online Classes and Tutoring

In our English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education (ABE), and Community Literacy classes, students gain ...


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